Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer

My friend Tanya gave me this book for my birthday and it has turned out to be an even more personal gift than expected. It was written in 1999, but turns out it takes place, well, now: in April 2009. The scientific experiment mentioned in the blurb refers to an attempt to detect a Higgs boson. Plus all the Canadian references are great! (Sawyer wrote both Chapters and Indigo into 2009, but he failed to foresee their merger.)

This novel is science fiction at it’s most straight-up – a well-executed but ultimately non-literary adventure story. This book would suffer nothing by being a movie.



A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone’s consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.